Grateful Dead Live at Labor Temple on 1969-02-02
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Death Don't Have No Mercy
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Turn On Your Love Light
--first few notes clipped off Schoolgirl
--small splice @ 2:02 in Schoolgirl
--tiny left channel dropout @ 3:07 in Schoolgirl
--digisnit @ 6:30 in Dark Star
--@ 7:01 in Dark Star: increased hiss in left channel due to low original levels
--@ 2:46 in Eleven: left channel loses amplitude for several seconds
--cut near the end of Eleven; several minutes of Death Don't are lost
--splice in Lovelight @ 16:51
--some degradation for the last few minutes of Lovelight
Sound Forge was used to normalize, correct the pitch, and remove or lessen a number of blemishes. Some small blemishes remain, though none are offensive. Although the exact lineage of this recording is unknown, the sound indicates no more than two analog generations before the transfer to digital.
Subject: sound or music?
How can you complain about the sound quality? I guess you weren't around when all we had was multi-generation reel to reel tapes and no dolby noise reduction. I taped my first Dead show off the radio on April 6, 1969 in my dorm room at Stanford using a KLH briefcase FM radio/turntable unit (I believe) and my newly purchased Tandberg R-to-R tape machine and I loved the music and sound quality. Years of listening to music on 8-tracks cartridges followed by cassettes driving a 1968 VW van you became accustomed to hearing the music through/around/over the combined inadequacies of your automotive sound system and road noise. Soon had better audio at home (AR3s - just rebuilt them as AR3as and love the deep bottom sound, Dual turntable, and Dyna pre-amp driving home built dual mono amplifiers) but still loved the live sound of real music played for a crowd. Maybe is was partly because the alternative was AM radio (gag), FM radio - good but not great, and LPs - which CAN produce amazing sound but quickly became dirty and scratched when repeatedly played by a bunch of pot-smoking hippies. Too many CDs today produce over-etched (IMHO) highs that you never hear at a real concert, and most are overproduced pap anyway. When have you been to a show lately where you can really here everything unless it is a string quartet. Live sound systems are dramatically better than they were, but when they set them up they mike every piece of equipment in the drum kit, turn that up too loud, and have to turn everything else up until the wall of sound is just that - and I am not talking of the Dead's Wall of Sound. Outdoors is better, but who can produce perfect sound outdoors for thousands of listeners. This music is wonderful - you just need the right attitude and proper filters on your ears and brain. Stop analyzing (why does that word start with "anal" - does that suggest something?) and LISTEN.
Subject: Munching on space beams.
For a burned copy of this show on blank CD-R's (wav. files) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: like liquid gold
That said, these performances are like liquid gold. Everything from this period is worth checking out. It was a style of playing on this tour that they were trying to nail down in order to record the rest of Live/Dead. In a few short months, they would gradually leave this style as the Workingman's Dead material started to get woven into the repertoire.
But for now, enjoy this psychedelic mayhem. Thanks to all who make these recordings available.
Subject: A just not bad show for the time,
Subject: Despite the Sound...a Great Show
Subject: We're all spoiled
It's 1974, you're 17 years old and you've quietly entered the house. It's the wee hours of the morning, and the rest of the family are asleep. It will be several hours till you can sleep, of course, because there are still several hundred micrograms of acid swirling in your brain. So you slip on the headphones, snap in a cassette and press play...lay down in the dark...and are transported back in time. Five whole years! There's no time to whine about the poor sound quality, you're too busy marveling at the miracle of time travel!
I saw a neighbor I haven't seen in ten years the other day. "What happened to the motorcycle?" he asked. "And your hair! You used to have more hair!"
"You lose one," I told him, "and then you lose the other."
We are all time travelers.
Subject: Review revision 5/24/05
Subject: What da....?
A tip of da hat to Blocko de Jester for da heads up!
Subject: All Things Being Equal...
Subject: I'm enjoying this one
Sample that one. Then get the rest of it.